Protein powder for kids

The convenience of on-the-go nutrients hits us from every angle in life, and every single one of these easily accessible novelties is promoted as being safe and healthy. Surprisingly, this is the most confusing part. Anything can be advertised as being healthy and free from danger, but the question is a matter of content, literally. In any case, it is always best to get vitamins, minerals, and nutrients through foods the natural way, but, similarly to the English way, there are exceptions. Protein is a popular supplement taken by athletes for its alleged ergogenic purposes; it is taken by weight lifters and body builders to help build muscle; and in some cases, it may be necessary for kids and their constantly growing bodies.

Reasons for Taking a Protein Powder Supplement

Protein is an essential nutrient that is necessary for the growth of body tissues, regulating metabolism, and in some instances can be used as an energy source. All children are growing, and cannot be shorted on this nutrient during the adolescent years because that makes them prone to shortcomings later on in life. However, protein supplements are only necessary and suggested if a child isn’t getting enough protein through foods and beverages. Say, if the picky eater has a hard time eating meat or drinking three glasses of milk a day, then the addition of protein in the form of powder can very well be helpful. Childhood athleticism often requires higher protein requirements. While it is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatricians that any dietary supplements for those under the age of 18 should not be used, sometimes it is a necessity.

Benefits of Protein Powder
The protein in any supplement, whether it is powder, liquid, or in bar form, is actually derived from natural protein, typically from soy, egg, or milk. Accordingly, these are dependable when protein cannot be eaten or drank in adequate quantities by the child. The advantages of these two protein sources mirror each other, although the artificially made ones are quite expensive.

Sifting Through the Options
Reading through the scientific mumbo jumbo can be a real hassle, let alone deciphering the ingredients and safety of any particular protein supplement. More importantly, you want to be sure to pick the best option for the little rascals because their nutrition is no joke. Here are some feasible tips for choosing the perfect match for your child. Before deciding on any type of dietary supplement, consult with your pediatrician. Also, these products are not allergy-free, so use with caution if your child has allergies.

  • There are many uses for protein powders: sprinkle on cereals, stir into soups or a glass of milk, blend into a milkshake, or cook into baked goods or dinners.
  • Powdered (nonfat) milk is an excellent protein source for children. It contains all the essential amino acids, which makes it a complete protein. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons to a glass of milk or a milkshake with a little vanilla, and you’re little one won’t know the difference.
  • Whey is also a complete protein and is safe for kids, but is better to use in smaller doses than would be used for adults. A bonus of this type of protein is that it is easily digestible and won’t cause stomach cramping; it is also tasteless and won’t provoke complaint. The only downside to choosing whey is that there are so many options, and the ingredients are not all the same.
  • Soy protein powder is a good choice for children with lactose intolerance because it is lactose-free. It is also the only plant-based protein that is complete, and has very little fat and calories.
Last updated on Jul 14th, 2010 and filed under Nutritional Information. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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